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San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista) Tours

San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista)
Built in 1521, San Juan Cathedral (Catedral de San Juan Bautista) is one of the highlights of Old San Juan. The second-oldest cathedral in the Americas, this landmark in the heart of Old San Juan has an impressive array of religious and historical artifacts. The church is still operational, with services held throughout the week.

The Basics
Experience a traditional Catholic Mass or, when no service is being conducted, wander the nave free of charge, gaze at the huge stained glass windows, and take in the construction of the oldest church on US soil. Among its artifacts are the wax-covered mummy of 1st-century martyr St. Pius and the tomb of Ponce de León, notorious Spanish conquistador and the first governor of Puerto Rico. Guided walking tours of Old San Juan typically include a stop at the church.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entrance to San Juan Cathedral is free though donations are accepted.
  • The church offers visitors a peaceful place to cool off and get away from the busyness of San Juan.
  • The cathedral is currently the seat of Puerto Rico’s archdiocese and home to the Archbishop of San Juan.

How to Get There
San Juan Cathedral is located at 151 Calle del Cristo, across from El Convento Hotel and close to the San Juan Gate. Old San Juan offers a free trolley system with three different routes that include stops at top attractions such as the cathedral, allowing you to hop on and off where desired.

When to Get There
Mass takes place Sundays at 9am and 11am and weekdays at 7:25am and 12:15pm. If you’re traveling to Puerto Rico during the holiday season, you can attend Misa de Gallo, the Roman Catholic Mass that is celebrated before midnight on Christmas Eve. At San Juan Cathedral, watch enactments of the Nativity scene and see the festive decorations.

The Tomb of Ponce de León
On his search to discover the elusive Fountain of Youth, Ponce de León landed at a place he called Florida and later conquered Puerto Rico, eventually being appointed governor of the island in 1509. His original resting place was Iglesia de San Jose, but in the early 1900s he was transferred to San Juan Cathedral, where his body lies in a marble tomb near the transept.
Address: 151 Calle Del Cristo, San Juan 00902, Puerto Rico
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Old San Juan Walking TourWalking Tours

Old San Juan Walking Tour

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Explore the colorful buildings and charming streets of Old San Juan in a small group with the help of writer David Rodriguez, author of ‘The Rise and Fall of the Great Barbate.’ During the course of your day, the knowledgeable author helps you discover the area’s key historic sites and gain new insight into Puerto Rican culture. It’s a great opportunity to learn about the many stories of the people who helped to define this unique neighborhood. Your walking trip’s length is flexible based on your needs, and also includes bottled water.
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San Juan Done Right! Experience Old San Juan in a delightful ode to its seat of honor within the history of the New World’s conquest. Receive insight into the life of the common city dwellers, as well as the military origins of the Spanish stronghold that is the City of Saint John the Baptist. Our licensed tour guide will impart on a walking tour along the Paseo de la Princesa (Princess Promenade) to enter the old city through the historic San Juan Gate. Believed standing since approximately 1540. Once inside see Plazuela La Rogativa. Then it’s on to visit the Basilica Manor Cathedral San Juan Bautista, full of devotion, architecture, and art. Our guide walks you through its history and mystique. Later learn about La Fortaleza, today it remains the official residence of Puerto Rico’s governor. Close by, take pictures of Cristo Chapel, Pigeon Park and La Casa Estrecha (the Narrow House), one of the skinniest houses in the world. Finish with a Piña Colada at Barrachina Restaurant.
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Get a taste for the flavor and culture of Puerto Rico on this small-group Old San Juan food tour featuring several local eateries. Join your guide for a culinary exploration of island staples like plantains and sofrito, all with the cobblestone streets and colorful facades of the city’s oldest neighborhood as your backdrop. Your tour includes an alcoholic beverage or non-alcoholic substitute if you prefer. 
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Discover the historic delights of Old San Juan as you pound its ancient cobblestones on a 5-hour walking tour. Take a comprehensive look at the wealth of colonial landmarks in this former Spanish colony, visiting ‘La Fortaleza’ (Governor’s House), the imposing San Felipe El Morro Fort, 16th-century San Jose Church, the Ballaja Barracks and much more. As you stroll, your expert guide provides additional insight into the design and famous personalities that once inhabited this charming area.
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Tour the colorful streets and winding alleys of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old San Juan, the second-oldest city in America. This guided small-group tour, capped at 11 participants, ensures a comfortable and personalized introduction to the city's major attractions and historical areas. Continue your tour at the Bacardi Rum Factory, an integral San Juan icon, before concluding with hotel drop-off at your accommodation.
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Experience San Juan, Puerto Rico; one of the Americas’ oldest cities on a slow paced tour specialy oriented to having you create your own ever lasting momentos and capture pictures while discovering how us, fellow american citizens lived 400 years of struggles with Spain, how we have flourished after becoming part of USA and how you can help us stop inequality a d keep being considered an alien race and uncivilized by the territorial clauses of the 1930's wich still rule us as a Comonwealth of the USA. Learn about the city’s history and must see buildings like San Cristobal and El Morro Forts, El Convento, Saint John's Cathedral and monuments like Ponce de Leon square and La Rogativa by the hand of our historians while driving it's narrow streets. After that visit new San Juan's main touristic areas of Condado where you will get to know historic landmarks and buildings in a relaxed and fun way. 
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Old San Juan is considered the "crib" of Christianity in America. There is a lot of history (art, culture, architecture, etc. ) in the Old City. Alonso Manso (the first Bishop of San Juan) is also the first Christian Bishop to come to America (1512). That means that all the churches in America had to report to San Juan. Within the city walls, we have one of the highest concentration of temples per square mile in the world. Some of the structures are considered as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Route of San Juan Bautista shows the most important religious attractions in Old San Juan. You can discover the origins of Christianity in the New World for the past 500 years. You will discover some of the oldest churches in America, some located inside forts and palaces; also catacombs, religious ceremonies, saint persons, miracles, religious art, relics and a unique architectonic legacy. I love to feel the energy of every church (different congregations).
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Visit the Caribbean Island of Puerto Rico, and explore its capital city, San Juan, on this 2.5-hour tour. Stroll down cobblestone streets, and see the brightly colored buildings that line the area. Encounter famous sights like Cathedral of San Juan Bautista, Casa Blanca, and San Jose Church. Get a feel for what it was like during the Spanish colonial era as you walk through the Puerta De San Juan, one of the only gates left that served one of the oldest cities in the world.
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Wander the charming colonial facades, ancient forts and cobblestoned streets of Old San Juan during this 4-hour walking tour with a private guide. Feel like a local as you get a personalized introduction to the history of the area with this certified professional guide, exploring its wealth of forts, plazas, churches, museums, cafes and local wildlife. You’ll help choose the day’s itinerary and take breaks whenever and wherever you like. It’s more like a stroll with a friend than a formal tour. Your private walking excursion also includes entrance fees for the forts.
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This tour is perfect for those looking for a quick yet informative tour with lots of fun facts about the island's history. In just 2 hours you will experience life in our beautiful colonial city of Old San Juan. You will capture views of our unique colorful buildings, Spanish and European architecture, and the oldest cathedrals created in the new world. Explore 500 years of history in approximately just one mile. Our certified tour guide will answer all your questions and will provide you with the most valuable information about all the places you will be visiting. Be amazed by all our old city has to hide. This is a must-do tour for history lovers and those with tight schedules. Learn and tell about your experience in Puerto Rico.
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Discover the history of Old San Juan as you pound its ancient cobblestones on a 3-hour walking tour! Old San Juan is the second oldest city in America, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a U.S. Historic Zone. You might feel that you’ve been thrown back into the past with over 400 well-preserved buildings in the old city! Take a comprehensive look at the wealth of colonial landmarks in this former Spanish colony, visiting ‘La Fortaleza’ (Governor’s House), the imposing San Felipe El Morro Fort, 16th-century San Jose Church, the Ballaja Barracks and much more. As you stroll, your expert guide provides additional insight into the design and famous personalities that once inhabited this charming area! A break to get a refreshment, snack and bathroom break will be provided halfway the tour or upon request. Points of interest: Plaza of San Jose San Jose Church Paseo de la Princesa San Juan Gate Castillo de San Cristobal La Fortaleza - Palacio de Santa Catalina and more!
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Drive through Old San Juan and explore 400 years of Spanish rich legacy with our 5 hour small group tour. A comfortable combination of driving around, exploring by foot and visit the Bacardi Distillery! You will be picked up from your accommodation in our air-conditioned vehicle and transported to the historical town, Old San Juan. During the drive through Old San Juan, you will receive lots of information on historical landmarks that you see around you. You will have 2 stops to explore the sights, eat or shop. You might feel that you’ve been thrown back into the past with over 400 well-preserved buildings in the old city! We continue to the Bacardi Distillery. Here you will learn about the past, present, and future of the world’s most awarded rum and Spirit and relive the history and see how Bacardí evolved from being a small rum manufacturer to becoming the Untameable Spirit that it is today with their Historical Tour. You will receive a free alcoholic beverage and souvenir cup!
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We will start by making a stop at the San Felipe del Morro Fortress and explore all the history behind (1539), then take a walk thru the cobblestone streets of the Old San Juan and explore some hidden secrets in the San Juan Cathedral (1540) , San Juan Gate (1634) , and lastly making a stop at the Capitol Bulding to explore some of its rich history.
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